Adirondack Forum  
Rules Membership Donations and Online Store Adkhighpeaks Foundation ADKhighpeaks Forums ADKhighpeaks Wiki Disclaimer

Go Back   Adirondack Forum > The Adirondack Forum > Hunting and Fishing in the Adirondacks
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-06-2015, 10:35 AM   #21
Wardens Worry
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 38
The Patagonia Boot was completely redesigned this year. It is now got a much better fit and is 1000X more comfortable than the earlier model.The traction the bars are now set in to the sole. Very good for 98% of wading situations…..
Wardens Worry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2019, 09:15 AM   #22
Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 1,163
Thread bump!!! I did a search for "Wading Boots" and the newest thread was from 2015. Maybe some new products are out and some folks can provide their insight.

Here's my dilemma. Yesterday, my 15+ yr old Hodgman felt sole boots breathed their last. The shoe goo'd heals finally separated for good and the felt soles both sheared off. The boots were very good and I enjoyed their stability and support in the stream. However, it's time to put them out to pasture.

I'm not a hard core stream fisherman, but will use them several times a year. I don't hike into ponds/streams with them as I carry them or walk from a streamside parking lot. I usually wear them over a pair of Orvis lightweight waders with neoprene booties. I liked the felt soles, but am open to something else.

Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2019, 01:30 PM   #23
Brookie Addict
vtflyfish's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: West coast of New England
Posts: 2,522
I just bought a pair of felt sole Simms G3 boots. They are a solid product and very comfortable. Also expensive. Iím at a point in life where I want to be secure while wading and willing to put up with the one time pain in the wallet.

My son Thomas just bought a pair of Simms Freestone boots and is happy with them. The are easier on the wallet.
Oscar Wilde:Work is the curse of the drinking class
vtflyfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2019, 06:54 AM   #24
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 622
I'd stick with felt. I think the controversy is mostly over. I went off it, but I read more and more that the danger isn't the felt, but the tongue and other soft areas of the boots.

I have hated almost every sole I've tried, ESPECIALLY the korker alumatrax. complete garbage. I think felt will give you the best overall footing. Korkers is a good option for the interchangeable soles, but the quality of the actual boot isn't great. I still use them though because of the sole options. I have a number of different soles and I interchange them depending on where I am fishing, huge plus.
"The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?"

Lee Wulff
gmorin71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2019, 01:45 PM   #25
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2,457
I totally agree with gmorin and VT… I also, tried the L.L.Bean Stealth rubber soles and Orvis`, almost killed myself many times…waste of money ,but I was concern with the spreading of that Rock Snot algae…now, I went back to felt soles again and love my Simms Guide wading boots. Great ankle support and excellent grip on all rock types. I also added Simms studs to them and increased my stream traction.I rinse them at home after each day out and dry them completely. Buy one good pair for more money than you want to spend, but won't need to buy another pair for many years.
"Get your mind off trout,if you can.I know they`ve got you.I can see it. Every fraternity of sufferers knows its brothers.Trout hook men;men don`t hook trout.Better try and throw the hook while you can.By the time you`re a grown man there probably won`t be a pure trout healthy enough to fiddle with"... Quote from Emerson in the book "The Earth Is Enough"by Harry Middleton
wildbrookies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2019, 07:51 PM   #26
Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 1,163
Thanks for the help folks! Looks like I'll stick with felt.

Now, to pry open the wallet and see how much spare change is floating around.
Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

DISCLAIMER: Use of these forums, and information found herein, is at your own risk. Use of this site by members and non-members alike is only granted by the administration provided the terms and conditions found in the FULL DISCLAIMER have been read. Continued use of this site implies that you have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions of this site. Any questions can be directed to the Administrator of this site.